Review: SANTIAGO'S CONQUEST by V. F. Mason

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Power. Money. Status.

Whatever I want, I get.

And if something stands in my way?

I conquer and destroy it.I’m a monster with no redeeming qualities.

A hunter who seeks his prey so viciously nothing can stop me.

My prey hides in the shadows thinking it might save him from my wrath.

It won't.A true hunter knows one rule:

Every prey can be lured out of the darkness with the right bait.

And I just found mine.

His daughter.The monster inside me craves to possess her.

A beauty who ends up trapped in a castle by the horrible beast.

Seducing and then breaking her will be my greatest conquest.After all, la vida es cruel.

Life is cruel.

And so am I.

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The author slayed me with this dark, raw, and gritty romance as she has an unique talent for delivering an original novel with captivating characters that are highly complex & interesting all while telling the tale in such a way that completely reels the reader in. Santiago’s Conquest is a mesmerizing story that entranced me immediately from the first page. Full of heart-pounding action & suspense, lots of heat, intrigue, and secrets, I was unable to put this book down!

Santiago dances in the chaos, thriving in its mayhem and depravity.  A man with a darkened soul finding himself obsessed with Briseis, a pawn to be skillfully used in his clever game to enact vengeance.  There is a darkness within him that was honed in by his traumatic past and he finds himself not only obsessed with but also possessed by the bride he blackmailed into marrying him. As an anti-hero, he check marked all my boxes and I found dangerously alluring.

Briseis is a remarkable heroine.  She has an appalling home life and I found her to have the perfect combination of resilience and vulnerability. She refers to Santiago as the King of Darkness & Deceit, but as she finds herself constantly in his presence, things begin to change. I loved the character development as well as the evolution of their unconventional relationship.  Their chemistry is off the charts and I feared I’d need a fire extinguisher from the shear hotness between the pages.  

This is a dark romance that may contain triggers for some readers. The psychological aspects in this novel are fascinating as this book does have traumatic backstories and graphic violence interspersed throughout the pages.  There is that perfect amount of suspense and action along with intrigue and romance.  Santiago’s Conquest is a complete standalone with no cliffhanger and is considered book 1 in the author’s Four Dark Horsemen series.  If you have read her previous books, then you will recognize some of the cameos from Lachlan, Callum, and Arson which I found entertaining.  Overall, I positively loved this page turner and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next! I voluntarily read an early version of this book.  

V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her momma over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied filmmaking and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen. Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it. When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.

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